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Editorial: Medicare Part B drug proposal deserves support

Editorial: Medicare Part B drug proposal deserves support

By Merrill Goozner  |  June 25, 2016

Medicare's first step in reining in the skyrocketing cost of specialty drugs deserves support—something it has not received from hospitals, doctors, politicians or, of course, the pharmaceutical industry, which benefits the most from the status quo.

CMS proposes $50 million payment bump for dialysis services

By Virgil Dickson  |  June 24, 2016

The CMS is proposing to increase Medicare payments for dialysis services. Under the proposed rulemaking, dialysis facilities would receive 0.5% or $50 million more in 2017 than they received in reimbursement this year.

Trustees' report says Medicare will be insolvent by 2028

Trustees' report says Medicare will be insolvent by 2028

By Virgil Dickson  |  June 22, 2016

The Medicare trust fund will be insolvent by 2028, according to the 2016 Medicare trustees' report released Wednesday. The prediction is a departure from the 2030 date the Obama administration outlined in the previous two reports.

CMS finalizes billions in cuts to lab test fees

By Virgil Dickson  |  June 20, 2016

The CMS has finalized a rule under which it will begin paying the same as private insurance rates for clinical diagnostic laboratory tests. The rule is expected to save $390 million in its first year of implementation and $3.93 billion over 10 years.

Even after recall, MitraClips are in popular demand

Even after recall, MitraClips are in popular demand

By Virgil Dickson  |  June 15, 2016

Months after a series of malfunctions led to the national recall of a heart valve device, providers are looking to expand its use by pushing the CMS to finalize a proposed increase in payment for the device.

Blog: AMA passes resolution opposing Part B pilot

By Adam Rubenfire  |  June 15, 2016

The American Medical Association has added itself to a growing list of organizations that are opposed to the CMS' proposal for a new Medicare Part B drug reimbursement program.

Commentary: End the 'Bay State Boondoggle'

Commentary: End the 'Bay State Boondoggle'

By Herb Kuhn and Bill Pully  |  June 13, 2016

Imagine a bank robbery gone wrong. Now, imagine the robbers ask the police for a do-over. We all know that the reward for a botched bank robbery isn't a second shot at someone else's money. Astoundingly, the hospitals in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts are asking for exactly that kind of do-over.

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